Otter News

September 21, 2023



Hello Otter Readers,

Our school wide read-a-thon begins on Monday, September 25th and goes until Friday, October 6th! Don't forget to have your parents register you so you can log all of those reading minutes! Remember you can log any type of reading - read with someone else, listen to reading, and reading to yourself. Students will also earn minutes during the school day and teachers will log those minutes as well. We are excited to see how many minutes we can read as a school community!

Theme of the Month

As a school community, each month, we focus on an otter trait that is our theme of the month. The themes of the month are characteristics that, we believe all students need to be a global citizen - which also aligns with our vision statement - Every child, every day will explore, create, and be an empathetic global citizen.

This month, we are focusing on problem solving. Other words that mean problem solving are solve problems and problem solver. Our definition is the process to identify and find solutions to difficult or complex issues.

Classrooms teachers are teaching the second step curriculum lessons that align with problem solving, having class discussions during their morning meetings, and reinforcing the concept throughout the day. All staff are recognizing students who demonstrate problem solving by adding a note to our "I am a problem solver" bulletin board in the hallway - we will post photos of them later this month. We will highlight some examples in our newsletter as well.

Next month's theme: Goal Setting

Splash Winners This Week!

Every day students are able to earn a splash ticket by demonstrating our school wide expectations of show respect, solve problems, make good decisions. Teachers collect the splash tickets in their classrooms and then once a week we put them in our grade level buckets.

Here are this week's splash ticket winners:

Kindergarten - Johnny, Alba, Quinn

1st Grade - Maddie, Dawson, Axel

2nd Grade - Gwen, Rowyn, Kaiden

3rd Grade - James, Kylee, Milo

4th Grade - Dilynn, Elliott, Ralfy

4/5 & 5th Grade - Lennon, Nate, Forest

Classroom winners this week: Mr. Gazabat's class and they earned a prize as a class.

Auto Name Cards

If pick up your student in the parent pick up line (after school), please make sure to put your auto name card in the front window on the passenger side. It helps our staff identify who to call ahead of time and smooths out the pick up process. If you do not have a placard, please let your teacher know and the office will provide one. Thanks!

Summer Reading Program

Thank you Otters for participating in our summer reading program. We had 79 otters turn in their reading log and/or bookmark. Way to go otters! We hope to add more readers next year!

Attendance Information

We are thrilled to welcome you and your children back to school for the 2023-2024 academic year! It's an exciting time as we embark on a new journey filled with opportunities for growth, learning, and achievement. As we settle into our new schedules and routines, we want to take a moment to emphasize the importance of school attendance.

Absences Add Up!

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they are excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time. We understand that life can be unpredictable, and there may be legitimate reasons for absences. However, every missed day represents an opportunity for your child to fall behind.

Whether your child is in kindergarten or high school, regular attendance is crucial. Each day in the classroom contributes to their academic progress and personal development. To put it simply, attendance is the foundation upon which all learning is built.

At Artondale, we are a community that values every child's potential. Together, we can make a significant difference in our students' lives. By showing up consistently, both as parents and students, we create an environment where success is not only encouraged but expected.

Let's work together to ensure that your child is in school nearly every day, ready to seize every learning opportunity that comes their way.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding attendance or any other school-related matters, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can make this a successful and fulfilling school year for all our students.

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1st grade mathematicians in Mrs. Pratz's class working on writing addition sentences and explaining their thinking using math manipulatives.

Student Drop-Off and PIck-Up

Please make a double cue after you arrive at the entrance to reduce backups on 40th street. The double cues then merge into a single line at the cones. Please be polite and let every other car go in the line (see map below to view the cue line). As you are in the line, please try to leave no gaps between cars and go as close as possible to the car in front of you so we can get as many cars as we can in our cue line. Thank you!
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During school hours, please do not park in the loading and unloading area in front of the school building. We need to keep that open during the school day as we have preschool and delivery trucks all throughout the day.

Hearing & Vision Screening, October 6th

We will have our school-wide vision and hearing screening, for students in grades K-5th, at Artondale during the school day Friday, October 6th, between 9am and 3pm. This is a routine screening mandated by state requirements and will be conducted by a team of Peninsula School District nurses. Families of students who are identified as needing more follow up will be notified by the health room. Contact Sherri Lauer in the health room 253 530-1124 or Dana Kelleher 253 530-3786 with questions or concerns. Thank you!

Library Information (click below)

Library Card Sign-Up!

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“– ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป-๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Peninsula School District is teaming up with the Pierce County Library System to share this opportunity to supercharge your back-to-school experience! ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ“

With this incredible resource, you can start the school year off with a bang:

๐ŸŒŸ Get help from live tutors 24/7, available in both English and Spanish.

๐ŸŒ Dive into research databases covering world cultures, historical figures, and science.

๐Ÿ“š Access reference content, including newspaper and magazine articles, and videos.

๐Ÿ”ฌ Find ideas for science fair projects, STEAM activities, and science research.

๐Ÿ“– Prep for standardized tests with practice tests and study guides.

๐ŸŽ“ Get tips to navigate WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) and FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid).

๐ŸŒŽ Explore learning assistance for more than 160 languages.

"The last few years have been really rough for students and families with severe impacts to student learning," explains Pierce County Library Executive Director Gretchen Caserotti. "With access to free, thoroughly vetted, and reliable resources through Tools for Students, such as live tutors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, students can get the help they need to be successful in school." ๐Ÿ“šโœ๏ธ

In addition to these incredible tools, the Pierce County Library also offers an extensive collection of books and other materials to support your school success journey. Explore them all at ๐Ÿ“–๐ŸŒ

Add a Pierce County Library card to your back-to-school essentials and let's make this school year the best one yet! ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ“š

Upcoming Picture Day Information

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YMCA Information

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • Monday, September 25th - Friday, October 9th - Read-a-Thon
  • Tuesday, October 3rd - Picture Day!
  • Friday, October 6th - Vision & Hearing Screening (K-5th)
  • Monday, October 9th - No Students - staff in-service day
The Peninsula School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the Districtโ€™s Title IX and Compliance Officer, Dan Gregory, at (253) 530-1009, email or the Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, John Yellowlees, at (253) 530-1081, email address: 14015 62nd Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.